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Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a waiting list for the OTA program?
The OTA program currently maintains a waiting list.   For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at (567) 661-7777 to speak with a Health Sciences selective admissions advisor.

Is the program offered as part-time, online, or in the evenings?
The OTA program is offered as a full-time traditional day program. 

Can a program graduate work as an OTA without a license?
The states where a student intends to practice or apply for employment may require
licensure, certification, or other mandates.  The student should contact the relevant
agency to obtain the necessary information for application.  Each state differs in
procedure, however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT
Certification Examination (or pending results).   A felony conviction may affect a
graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure. For
more information about the Ohio OT licensure visit www.state.oh.us/pyt.

Is it possible to attain state licensure if one has a past felony conviction?
This is handled on a case by case basis.  A student should contact the licensing board in the state in which he/she wishes to practice.   In Ohio, contact the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board at board@otptat.ohio.gov or (614) 466-3774.

Regarding the certification exam and state licensing, what are the associated costs and can the exam be repeated?
Depending on the state, total costs could be in the $600.00-$650.00 range, which includes payment for the national certification exam, and application for state licensure.  There is a 45 day waiting period after the last examination date before the candidate may test again.  The candidate MUST submit a new application in order to re-test.

Will classes taken at another college transfer in for the OTA program?
Students should submit transcripts from all schools attended as part of their admissions application. General education courses completed will be evaluated to determine if credit is granted for Owens Community College classes. See this link for further information :https://www.owens.edu/records_reg/transfer_credit.html.  It is possible to appeal the decision if credit is not granted for a course. An appeal form can be found at this link: https://www.owens.edu/records_reg/transfer_appeal.pdf
It is important to get transfer credit prior to the admissions deadline so that admissions points are granted for completion of equivalent general education courses required by the OTA Program.

Students requesting transfer credit for previous occupational therapy coursework must submit to the program director copies of transcripts and related syllabi for review. These materials are assessed to determine not only compliance with educational standards but also to determine adequacy of preparation for the role of the occupational therapy assistant. In addition, the program requires observing students in a lecture/lab capacity and competency checking prior to assigning FW placement.

What salary can an occupational therapy assistant expect?
Median annual wages of occupational therapist assistants were $48,230 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,240 and $57,810. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,150, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $65,160. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of occupational therapist assistants in May 2008 were:

  • Home health care services $53,090
  • Offices of other health practitioners 50,810
  • Nursing care facilities 50,790
  • General medical and surgical hospitals 45,760
  • Elementary and secondary schools 41,850

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Aides, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos166.htm.


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